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Rossini - he didn't really like Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique.

Most music lovers revere the great composers and consider them to be a relatively refined, genteel bunch. Well, perhaps they were – most of the time.

But the soaring music often masked temperamental, difficult, moody characters. Many of whom weren’t averse to less-than-flattering comments about their rivals and their music.

The popular Classicfm website has compiled an amusing list of some of these not-so-subtle opinions - see https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/latest/composer-insults/